Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Aug 2007, 11:10am by Aaron Schatz

Bill Walsh and Greg Cook: What the Bengals Could Have Been

If 1969 AFL Rookie of the Year Greg Cook had never been injured, would the "West Coast Offense" never have existed? If Paul Brown had chosen Bill Walsh as his successor, instead of Tiger Johnson, would the Bengals now be one of the NFL's top franchises?

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17 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2007, 12:25am by Jeff W

30 Jul 2007, 04:25pm by Aaron Schatz

Bill Walsh Dead at 75

A legend. For those curious, I'm delaying our usual FO birthday post, out of respect.

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29 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2007, 3:02am by Will Allen

28 Jul 2007, 06:45pm by Aaron Schatz

Jonathan Lee Riches vs. Michael Vick

I knew Vick was in trouble for gambling and animal brutality, but I had no idea he was also involved in identity theft, extortion,and copyright infringement. Vick could be on the hook for $63 billion billion, which as we know is a lot more than just $63 billion. Thanks to ex-Scramble writer Al Bogdan for this link.

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13 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2007, 12:12am by yojoe

28 Jul 2007, 06:25pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Ranks All 32 Teams for 2007: Secondary

After a bit of a pause -- something had to make room for all that Michael Vick commentary -- our rankings of all 32 teams by unit return with defensive backs. Denver tops our list again, Oakland makes the biggest rise, St. Louis pulls up the rear. For some inexplicable reason, the FOX editors removed the last sentence from my Tennessee comment, so here it is: When the Titans talk about moving Michael Griffin to cornerback, why doesn't anyone bring up the Tebucky Jones debacle from the Pete Carroll-era Patriots? (Link now fixed.)

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35 comments, Last at 06 Aug 2007, 11:14am by Oswlek

27 Jul 2007, 11:07pm by Aaron Schatz

Reese and Strahan Locked in Heads-up Match

So is Michael Strahan serious about retiring, or is this just an attempt to get a bigger contract? Newark Star-Ledger beat writer Mike Garafalo says it is a bluff. Jay Glazer at FOXSports.com says Strahan is serious. If it is a bluff, here's my reaction: Dude, you are seriously lame. If you really want more money, say so. If it is not a bluff, here is my reaction: I know people were extremely critical of Tiki Barber for announcing that he was going to retire at the end of the season.

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13 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2007, 10:01pm by Chris

26 Jul 2007, 07:52pm by Aaron Schatz

Bucs Release Simeon Rice

So much for Gaines Adams getting to learn from his childhood idol. Vet won't take pay cut, vet goes adios. Let's see... Tampa-2 teams that need a pass-rushing defensive end... I'm feeling Minnesota here. Anyone else feeling Minnesota as a good possibility? Maybe Washington, too. They could use more pass rush, and in Washington, there's always more money for veterans on the downsides of their careers!

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46 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2007, 11:34pm by deondre

26 Jul 2007, 09:29am by Aaron Schatz

Kiffin: Don't Trust Anyone Over 32

Ignore the Vick stuff here and scroll down. According to Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle, Lane Kiffin is looking to release players who are older than he is because they might challenge his authority. What is this, "Logan's Run?" Getting rid of players who are older because they are in decline is a good idea. Getting rid of players who are older because you don't have the balls to tell them "I'm the coach, I'm in charge" is not a good idea.

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31 comments, Last at 27 Jul 2007, 2:42pm by Zac

25 Jul 2007, 06:59pm by Aaron Schatz

More Fun with Incomplete Passes

We go back into the 2006 game charting data to take a closer look at incomplete passes. Learn who had the most underthrown or overthrown passes, the surprising difference between Byron Leftwich and David Garrard, and why a pass defensed isn't necessarily a higher quality of incomplete.

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74 comments, Last at 17 Aug 2007, 6:37pm by stan

25 Jul 2007, 05:30pm by Aaron Schatz

Dunn to Miss Training Camp after Back Surgery

Warrick Dunn apparently had surgery last week to remove a herniated disc in his back, and will be out six weeks. That encompasses training camp and brings him back by the start of the season, but there is certainly a chance that he will be unavailable for the first few games. It seems like bad news for Atlanta, but it may only be bad news if the injury hobbles Dunn all season. If it simply forces them to use Jerious Norwood as a larger part of the running game, it could be a blessing in disguise.

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18 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2007, 12:58pm by Tom Kelso

25 Jul 2007, 01:55pm by Aaron Schatz

Will We Ever See Another John L. Williams?

Forgot to link this fun p-f-r blog post from Tuesday, looking at Seattle's John L. Williams -- perhaps the last "featured runner" fullback in NFL history.

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22 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2007, 4:54pm by Kellerman